DEcIDE Center: Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions About Effectiveness
The DEcIDE (Developing Evidence to Inform Decisions about Effectiveness) Network is a collection of research centers that the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) created in 2005. The DEcIDE Network conducts studies on the comparative effectiveness of medical treatments and services. The UIC Center for Pharmacoeconomic Research (CPR) was named to lead one of original 13 centers, and in 2010 its contract with AHRQ was renewed when the network was reduced to 11 centers. The CPR serves as the coordinating site for the Chicago-Area DEcIDE Center, a collaborative that also includes the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Chicago-Area DEcIDE Center has conducted numerous studies funding under the DEcIDE program. For more information see http://www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/index.cfm/who-is-involved-in-the-effective-health-care-program1/about-the-decide-network/.